Navajo Nation (Diné) hip-hop artist Def-i continues to carve out an original niche from introspective and poetic hip-hop.
Hailing from Albuquerque, NM and emerging from the underground indy rap circuit, Def-i’s eclectic repertoire has provided him with much success and opportunity; MC, Producer, Artist-Educator – Def-i has been featured on Sway in the Morning, NPR, BBC, Van’s Warped Tour, PBS and more. His performance styles range wide from hip-hop and spoken word to contemporary native-american acoustic.
Rounding out this diverse musical powerhouse, Def-i is an experienced youth workshop provider, active community member and culture ambassador. For the past decade he has worked with educational entities from all levels, teaching creative writing, song recording, the art of beat making and the fundamentals of hip-hop culture.
Aside from his dedication to Hip-Hop education, he has also helped environmental movements as an activist in the indigenous community. With the aid of respected artists such as Taboo of Academy Award winning group “Black Eyed Peas” plus other Dream Warriors, Def-i helped raise over 1.8 million dollars for the legal defense of Water Protectors in Standing Rock via a fundraising live concert.
From years of hard work, selling thousands of CDs hand-to-hand, building an understanding of the nature of a music grind whilst living a sober lifestyle, Def-i is cementing his name as one of our generations’ true representatives of Hip-Hop, making him a positive model for young indigenous artists and students of the culture.
Hear him live (virtually) Saturday, July 25 at seveneightfive + ArtsConnect House Concert #15. The stream begins at 9:30p with Def-i performing around 10:30p. Virtual seats are zero to $141 with monies distributed to support the artists and the production (80/20 split). Watch on your smart tv (Roku, Fire, Apple apps), on your phone via Crowdcast or live.seveneightfive.com
Hear his music and learn more at live.seveneightfive.com